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KARL LAGERFELD ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH DESIGNER KENNETH IZE

KARL LAGERFELD ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH DESIGNER KENNETH IZE

Launching for the Spring 2021 season, the special-edition capsule collection will fuse KARL LAGERFELD’s iconic aesthetic with Kenneth Ize’s heritage prints and craftsmanship.

PARIS, FRANCE (June 25, 2020) – KARL LAGERFELD is pleased to announce it will collaborate with fashion designer Kenneth Ize, to introduce a capsule collection for the Spring 2021 season. The special-edition pieces will be available at select KARL LAGERFELD stores and online at KARL.COM, from April 2021.

“I have been eagerly awaiting the moment we would announce this project and my partnership with KARL LAGERFELD,” says Kenneth Ize. “The breadth of Karl’s work has been very inspiring to me, and it’s an honor to be working with his namesake maison. Our vision is to combine KARL’s Parisian-chic aesthetic with elements of traditional African artistry.”

Kenneth Ize is inspired by traditional West African fabrics and specifically a type of weaving called “aso oke.” Committed to craftsmanship, his designs combine a hand- made African aesthetic with elements of contemporary luxury. His work is also rooted in a strong collaborative spirit; he uses fabrics created by local weavers and designers in Lagos, Nigeria, with the hope to preserve the heritage of the centuries-old craft.

“Over the past months of getting to know Kenneth and discussing this project, we have all become increasingly excited about our collaboration,” says Pier Paolo Righi, CEO of KARL LAGERFELD. “Kenneth Ize shares KARL LAGERFELD’s vision for innovation, craftsmanship, quality and authenticity; we very much look forward to launching this capsule collection together.”

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, and raised in Vienna, Austria, Kenneth Ize says his interest in fashion design began as a child, when he would help his mother choose fabrics to hand-make her own outfits. He studied fashion and design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and upon graduation, he relocated to Lagos in 2015 to launch his eponymous label. Kenneth Ize was named a LVMH Prize finalist in 2019.

Further details on KARL LAGERFELD’s collaboration with Kenneth Ize will be revealed in the coming months.

KARL LAGERFELD COMPANY PROFILE

The house of KARL LAGERFELD shares the iconic vision and design aesthetic of its founder, Karl Lagerfeld, fused with a contemporary, forward-looking spirit. The brand celebrates his colossal legacy and breathes his passion, intuition and inexhaustible creativity into the core of its DNA.

The signature KARL LAGERFELD aesthetic combines Parisian classics with a rock-chic attitude and tailored silhouettes. Its portfolio of accessible, aspirational collections includes ready-to-wear for women, men and kids, plus bags and small leather goods.

Additional collections include watches, eyewear, footwear, perfumes, candles and fashion jewelry.

Driven by consumer engagement, KARL LAGERFELD’s immersive retail experience includes over 200 monobrand stores worldwide, with key locations in Paris, London, Munich, Moscow, New York, Dubai and Shanghai. The brand further connects with consumers through a premium wholesale distribution network in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The global flagship store on KARL.COM reaches 96 countries.

ABOUT KENNETH IZE

Kenneth Ize is a fashion designer whose work features elements of West African tradition and craftsmanship. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Kenneth Ize spent his formative years in Austria after his family relocated when he was four years old. He studied fashion design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, before he launched his namesake label in 2015.

Now based in Lagos, Kenneth Ize’s designs combine influences from the worlds in

which he has lived. “There’s an elegancy to Austria and an extravaganza to  Nigeria

— it’s fascinating to combine these two things together,” he explains. Kenneth Ize’s work is further defined by the unique materials he uses; sourced from local weavers, they are hand-made with a centuries-old technique that preserves African heritage and artistry. “I want my brand to help my community, to build them up and serve as a platform to show them to the world,” he says.

Kenneth Ize was a finalist for the LVMH Prize 2019, and he has shown collections at Paris Fashion Week.

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